President Bush√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√Ę‚??¬Ęs selection of Environmental Protection Agency head Mike Leavitt as secretary of Health and Human Services failed to generate much enthusiasm among conservatives who had hoped the department would take a new direction with retiring Secretary Tommy Thompson out of the picture. Deputy Secretary Claude Allen would have appeased social conservatives skeptical of Leavitt√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√Ę‚??¬Ęs record in that area.
√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√?‚??The best predictor of future positions on controversial issues is the record of past decisions,√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨ ¬Ě said Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council. As a governor, Leavitt rejected Utah√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√Ę‚??¬Ęs court appeal over the state√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√Ę‚??¬Ęs anti-abortion law and also shifted federal money for abstinence education to other programs.